The rate at which parking revenues and the number of passengers fell at Burbank Bob Hope Airport eased up in April, an indication that the airfield may be rebounding from the loss of American Airlines earlier this year, officials reported this week.
The number of passengers dropped by about 4.7% in April, to 338,821 from 355,686 passengers during the same period last year, according to a report released Monday to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
The April passenger rates are better than March, when the airfield reported a 6% year-to-year drop.
Considering American Airlines, which handled 7.5% of Bob Hope’s the airport’s total passengers, pulled out in February, the numbers are better than expected, said Dan Feger, the airport’s executive director.
“You’re starting to see some recovery,” he said.
Feger also said the airport is starting to see some former American passengers returning to the airfield and use other carriers to take one-stop flights to other destinations.